(Dec. 21, 2012) The Stephen Decatur wrestling team earned three victories last week to kick off the 2012-13 season 3-0.
On Dec. 12, the Decatur Seahawks competed in a tri-meet with the North Dorchester Eagles and Mardela Warriors in Mardela Springs.
Decatur topped North Dor?chester 69-12. Sophomores Dillon Goggin (113-pound weight class) and Joseph Rodriguez (120), juniors Andrew Borradaile (160), Jared King (170) and John Devenny (182) and seniors Steven Redner (138), Kaelan Patterson (152), Caleb Massey (220) and Ryan Kail (285) pinned their opponents.
Senior Alex Schiffer (145) won his match 6-0 by decision, and junior Adam Bargar (195) and sophomore TJ Scafone (106) earned victories by North Dorchester forfeit.
Decatur came out on top of Mardela 58-24. Earning pins for the Berlin squad were Scafone (106), Rodriguez (120), sophomore Jeremiah Purnell (126), junior Brad Miller (138), King (170) and Bargar (195). Patterson (152) won his match by major decision, 10-2, and Schiffer (145) by injury default. Mardela forfeited matches to Kail (285) and Borradaile (160).
“We looked like we were in shape, but we lost six matches, all by pin, which is unacceptable. For us to reach our goals we cannot get pinned,” said Decatur Coach Todd Martinek. “Schiffer is back from injury which makes us a lot stronger … We are getting better every practice, but I cannot stand the pins we give up. If we improve in those areas, there aren’t many teams in the state that can beat us.”
Two days later, on Dec. 14, Decatur traveled to Ridgely, Md., to battle the North Caroline Bulldogs. Decatur earned victories in 12 of the 14 weight class matches and won the meet 58-12.
Rodriguez (120), junior Nate Rosenblatt (126), sophomore Dylan Pusey (132), Borradaile (160), King (170), Devenny (182), Bargar (195) and Massey (220) pinned their opponents.
Scafone (106) outscored his competitor 9-5, and Patterson (152) won his match 3-2. Schiffer (145) earned a 12-1 major decision victory. North Caroline forfeited to Miller (138).
“We lost two matches to kids they should have beaten and they were both pinned, but we will continue to try to work on it,” Martinek said. “We are relatively healthy and our line-up should be stronger after Christmas break.”
Decatur’s next competition is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, against Kent Island in Berlin.